Baroness Gisela Gerliczy Diamond Jewels - Diamond Parure | Diamond Palmette Tiara| Honeysuckle Diadem|Hungary Royal Imperial Jewels Magnate
Baroness Ferenc de Gerliczy, née Baroness Gizella Fejérváry de Komlóskeresztes, is wearing large diamond spray earpendants, family heirloom, later seen on Princess Elsa.
She wore also one of her diamond tiaras, the palmette diamond diadem, Baroness Gizella was a lady-in-waiting at the Imperial Court and an Ehrendame (Honorary Dame) of the Royal Bavarian Order of Theresa.
On the left side, we can see her son, Baron Félix Gerliczy.
From the Lazlo Archive:
"Baron Gerliczy wearing a díszmagyar (the national dress of a Hungarian nobleman), holding a plumed hat in his right hand, his left hand raised to the fur edging of his coat.
The sitter's grandfather, Baron Félix Gerliczy (1819-1895) was a notable collector of Hungarian art, and the family had a number of de László's paintings at their chateau in Deszk, near Szeged in southern Hungary. The sitter purchased de László's important history painting, Felicián Zách and in 1920 brought the painting to London to sell. He visited the artist and his family at their home in Palace Gate. Shortly afterwards he wrote to enquire about de László's prices and decided to commission two separate three-quarter length portraits of himself and his wife Baroness Elizabeth Gerliczy.
The Baron was very specific about the dimensions of the portraits (165 x 103 cm) as they were to hang alongside those his father and grandfather He brought two sets of clothing with him to London, one black and the other an 18th century díszmagyar of brown with gold braid that he had worn at the coronation of King Charles IV in 1916. De László chose to paint him in the latter and while the clothes remained in the studio he wrote to Mrs de László asking her to have them aired, brushed and secured against moths.
In 1921 the Baron was again in London and asked the artist to finish the portrait. There were repeated delays caused by the artist's unexpected travels to fulfill important commissions abroad. During sittings in February 1922 he completed a study portrait of the Baron wearing the plumed díszmagyar hat which he had given to the artist. While the sitter's son and one of his daughters were at boarding schools in England he and his wife frequently visited London and also Paris, where they hoped to sit for their portraits. Despite this de László was still unable to find time to complete the commissions. In 1927 Baron Félix was again in London and visited the artist and his family at their new home in Fitzjohn's Avenue. The visit was recorded on moving film as de László had been given a camera by George Eastman, whom he had painted in 1926 . The present portrait and that of his wife  were finally completed in February 1928.
The origins of the Gerliczy family date back to the early 12th century; the Hungarian barony was conferred on them in 1777. Baron Félix Gerliczy de Arany et Szentgerlistye was born on 14 April 1885 in Nagyvárad (now Oradea Mare) in Transylvania, the son of Baron Ferenc Gerliczy (1859-1914), Imperial and Royal Chamberlain and a hereditary member of the House of Magnates.#
His mother, née Baroness Gizella Fejérváry de Komlóskeresztes (1884-1943) was the daughter of Baron Géza Fejérváry, the holder of a series of ministerial posts from the 1880's, and Prime Minister 1905-6. . Baron Gerliczy studied Law at the University of Budapest and graduated with distinction in 1907. He then joined the Austro-Hungarian diplomatic service and served as an attaché in Constantinople in 1911 and Munich in 1912. His estate of over 7000 acres was at Deszk, near Szeged. The family chateau there was built by his father in 1884; it was looted during the Serbian occupation at the end of the First World War. In 1929 the sitter sold the estate at Deszk and purchased a former Széchényi chateau and estate in Hegyfalu in the county of Vas, western Hungary. He renovated the chateau and planted a splendid park, but suffered financial difficulties during the Depression. In 1932 he was sued by his eldest sister, Margit, when the Supreme Court of Hungary awarded her a large sum. In 1934 he was also sued by Countess Thun-Hohenstein (of Mcely, in the Czech Republic) but details of that case are not known. He sold the chateau in Hegyfalu in 1935, and emigrated, having become a citizen of Liechtenstein in 1928, domiciled in Mauren. From 1942 he lived in Cannes.
On 8 May 1922 Baron Gerliczy was adopted by Count István Burián de Rajecz, who was the husband of his maternal aunt, née Baroness Olga Fejérváry. István Burián (1851-1922), a Knight of the Golden Fleece, was a distinguished diplomat who since 1903 had held a series of ministerial posts and was Austro-Hungarian Foreign Minister in 1915-16 and again in 1918. He was created a baron in 1900 and a count in 1918. He was childless and died some months after adopting Félix. Having become a citizen of Liechtenstein in 1928, on 9th May 1939 Baron Félix was raised to the Grafenstand (order of counts) of Liechtenstein, combining the name and title of his adoptive father with his own. He then became Count Félix Gerliczy-Burián de Arany, Szentgerlistye et Rajecz.
On 8 July 1909 in Paris, the sitter married Princess Elizabeth Stirbey (Bibesco). They had four children Gizella (born 1910), Gabriella (born 1912), Aliz (born 1915) and a son Antal (born 1917) who became Head of the Office for International Relations of the Principality of Liechtenstein. Félix died in Nice on 4 April 1954."
Sources:Le Gaulois;Le Figaro; The Lazlo Archive,Wiener Salonblatt;
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